From The Washington Post: A judge has agreed to dismiss charges in a Loudoun County, Va., case that had raised questions about whether parents should be criminally prosecuted for frequently failing to get their kids to school on time. Amy and Mark Denicore were first summoned to court in February after their three elementary school children were late about 30 times in the fall semester--about once every three days. In most cases, the children were late three or fewer minutes. The parents each were charged with three misdemeanors and together faced fines of as much as $3,000. County prosecutors decided to drop the case because the children were late only once during the second half of the year.
FEBRUARY 2012...from The Washington Post: A couple in Loudoun County, Va., have been charged with a misdemeanor for causing their children to be tardy to school too often. The sheriff’s office says dozens of Loudoun families are summoned to court each year for attendance violations. But Mark and Amy Denicore argue that county bureaucrats are reaching beyond the scope of state statutes and common sense in their effort to discourage late arrivals.